Somehow, the past 4 years of my life have flown by me and, apparently, I have to move away from the great city of Columbia in a few short days. For anyone who knows me and my obsession with CoMo and Mizzou, I’m sure you can imagine how heartbreaking this is for me. But there are so many wonderful things about this place that I’d like to remember forever, and what better to do that than with a blog? So here we have it, an ode to the best moments of my life during my 4 years at Mizzou.
August 2009 - Bid Day
After a stressful, exhausting week of sorority recruitment, my favorite sorority of the week offered me a bid, and so began my journey as a Kappa Delta. Little did I know, KD would become a big part of my next 4 years.
September 2009 - Suitemate Love
The biggest part of my freshman year experience at Mizzou was the fact that I lived with 3 amazing women. Melissa, Stefanie, Caity and I were the perfect suitemates.
March 2010 - Got hired for Tour Team
I started my freshman year as a tour guide at Mizzou, which over the years gave me my best friends and plenty of fun memories.
April 2010 - Ran my first half marathon in St. Louis
I started getting into running once I came to college and successfully finished my first half marathon my freshman year.
October 2010 - Mizzou beats #1 Oklahoma for homecoming
By some miracle, Mizzou pulled off a win against #1 ranked OU. It was by far the best game I saw at Faurot in my 4 years at Mizzou, complete with rushing the field and taking the goal post to Harpo’s afterward. Plus, my daddy got to join me for a tour of the athletic training complex before the game.
November 2010 - Got selected for Alumni Association Student Board
After a very early wake-up ending on Faurot Field, I found out I’d been selected for AASB. This group also became my family at Mizzou and I got the chance to help put on some awesome Mizzou traditions alongside these friends.
February 2011 - Snowpocalypse #1
The first time Mizzou’s had a snow day in forever, and of course it happened while I was there. We hadn’t seen this much snow in Missouri in a long time, so we celebrated…
April 2011 - Ran my first full marathon in St. Louis
26.2 miles sounds like a long way…and it is…especially when it’s over 90 degrees when you’re running it. It’s a miracle I finished at all, but somehow I did it. And it’s especially worth it when you go to the Lil Wayne/Nicki Minaj concert that night!
June 2011 - Kappa Delta National Convention in Tucson
It was my first national gathering as a Kappa Delta, and it was nothing but inspiring. I spent a few days in Tucson with the other council members from Mizzou, plus hundreds of KDs young and old from all over the country.
August 2011 - My recruitment
After months and months of planning, organizing and losing my mind on a daily basis, the ONE week I had been working for came. I was Vice President - Membership for KD and pulled off a wonderful recruitment with the help of my sisters.
October 2011 - Tour Team takes on Texas
Each year, TT goes on an away game roadtrip thanks to tickets from Coach Pinkel. This year, we saw Mizzou win at Texas A&M in double overtime. Oh, and I should mention that the Cardinals also beat the Rangers in Game 7 of the World Series while we were in Texas. Bonus!
November 2011 - First season as a Girls on the Run coach
I was so happy to have found a program like GOTR that teaches 3rd-5th grade girls to have self-confidence while helping them train to run a 5k. This was the first of several awesome seasons coaching at Fairview Elementary.
February 2012 - MIZ beat kU
At our last home game against kU, the Tigers pulled off a 74-71 win. I’ve never seen at atmosphere like that at Mizzou Arena. That rivalry was incredible, it will be missed.
February 2012 - KD’s NCTA in Atlanta/Corre Award
The National Collegiate Training Academy for KD was held in Atlanta this year. I was currently our president, and our entire council got to go. I was surprised to find I received the Corre Anding Stegall Leadership Award, which was an enormous honor for me as a collegiate KD.
March 2, 2012 - I turned 21
This was either the best or worst thing that’s ever happened to me. There was plenty of celebration after this!
June 2012 - Summer #1 in CoMo
Lots of tours in the heat, selling True Tiger memberships to incoming freshmen, a wild 4th of July, trips to KC and STL for Cardinals games, a trip to Texas to visit Adrienne’s family and a quick journey to Colorado. That’s the easiest way to sum up a summer that was way too much fun.
August 2012 - Tiger Walk on the Columns
One AASB tradition is that the seniors always stand on the columns during Tiger Walk when all the new freshmen run through the columns. This is easily one of my favorite memories of my 4 years at Mizzou.
September 2012 - Winery field trip
The best class I took at Mizzou was a Wine Country Writing class. It was only an 8 week class, complete with a 4-day field trip touring several wineries in southeast Missouri. Needless to say, I got an A in that class.
September 2012 - Mizzou KD helped Iowa State KD
One of KD’s oldest chapter, Iowa State, was recolonizing their chapter. We, along with members of national headquarters and a few Iowa State KD women, helped recruit over 80 new members to restart their chapter.
October 2012 - 101st Homecoming celebrations
This year’s homecoming was one of my favorites because a ton of my graduated friends came home, plus several of my senior friends were nominated for king and queen. I was Helena’s date to the royalty banquet, and we had too much fun that night.
November 2012 - Tour Team takes on Tennessee
This year’s roadtrip game was just the seniors to Knoxville, where the Tigers won after an astounding 4 overtimes. The bars of Knoxville were full of black and gold that night!
February 2013 - My last Mizzou 39 banquet
This was by far the most special Mizzou 39 banquet I went to as a AASBer because this year, so many of my best friends were honored.
March 2013 - Alternative Spring Break Chicago
Kyle and I led an ASB trip to Chicago to work with kids and adults with disabilities. Not only was the service amazing, but all 11 of us on the trip became the best family.
May 2013 - I graduated?
Yep. Scary. Somehow that actually happened at the end of this year. After the journalism graduation Friday night and the early Saturday morning honors graduation, a celebratory lunch at the winery was necessary.
If I could have included every memory from the past 4 years, this blog would have been endless. Over the years, I made trips to Wisconsin, Colorado, Texas, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Chicago, New Orleans, St. Louis, Kansas City and everywhere in between.
I’m closing a chapter of my life living in CoMo. It’s my hope that someday far down the road, I’ll be back here again to work at Mizzou and live happily ever after. Mizzou has made me the woman I am today and has shown me what I’m passionate about in life. I’ve gained skills, friends and memories that I wouldn’t trade for the world. And if I could, I’d relive the last 4 years of my life in a heartbeat. But for now, I have some new adventures and new dreams to chase out in South Carolina.
Of course it’s not goodbye to CoMo. It’s never goodbye, it’s always see ya later. So, CoMo, see you in October for my first alumni homecoming. Mizzou is playing my grad school, South Carolina, and I will be ecstatic to come home, wear my best black and gold, and cheer my Tigers on. Because after all, once a Tiger, always a Tiger. See you soon, Mizzou, from the -ZOU side of life!